I just got back from riding the Ducati Diavel and came back thoroughly pleased and surprised. The good folks in Bologna have been busy (not to mention the complete new Superbike coming out next year). We attended the introduction to the U.S. market of the Diavel while attending the IMS in Dallas and got the scoop on the design idea behind the new model.
The guys down at Ducati of Oklahoma twisted my arm until I took off on one of their newer Ducati models. I suited up and took off with a Ducati Diavel Carbon.
|Diavel in the Carbon version|
Out on the highway, you first start to realize that you are not piloting a regular cruiser as it jumps to 70 mph without any effort, and can end up well over 100 without even trying. The gearbox feels refined and always shifted smooth and positive. Once up to highway speeds, the torque now starts to be very useful, passing cars when needed and without any drama (nobody likes to linger while trying to get around a large truck). The exhaust note changes from the raspy idle sound to a bearable growl when running highway speeds. I am easily entertained and loved being able to watch the valve in the exhaust open and close while playing with the throttle at a stop and listen to the difference in exhaust note.
|240mm rear tire|
During the test, I talked to one rider that took his Diavel from the middle of Oklahoma, up through Wyoming and back. Comfortable and torquey. Now we are on to something.
|Carbon model of the Diavel|
By the time I had to return the Diavel, I had fallen in love with it. After spending some time with it, the bike that defies being catagorized, comes across as a versatile, go anywhere, loft the front end kind of bike that brings a smile to your face every time you get on it. And isn't that why we are riding anyways?
A few of the basic specs.
Wheelbase: 1590mm (62.6in)
Dry weight: 456 lbs Carbon, 463 lbs for regular version
Hp: 162hp @ 9500rpm
Torque: 94lb-ft @ 8000rpm
This is the Ducati engine that you would recognize from their Superbike line. It is an 1198cc, Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic and liquid cooled.
Special thanks to Ducati of Oklahoma for setting us up.
Get down to test ride one yourself at Ducati of Oklahoma
Or check out the official Ducati website here